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New Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte outlined his plans to develop Tanguy Ndombele while hailing talisman Harry Kane ahead of Sunday's clash at home to Leeds United.
Spurs sit on 16 points after 11 games, leaving them in ninth, but the North London outfit have failed to score in their last three league games, with Kane - who scored consecutive hat-tricks in midweek for England - struggling for domestic form.
Conte, though, believes he has a "top, top player" on his hands, while insisting each player at his club must "feel a sense of belonging.
"It's a good achievement. I am happy for Harry because he broke the record with England. We are talking about a world-class striker, an important player for us.
"For sure to score is a boost for him. I am very happy, I have the possibility to get to know him much more.
"He is a top player, he wants to train very hard and improve. It's fantastic for me because my first task is to try and improve the players, bring them to another level. I think in this team, many players can do this.
"You must work with your heart, passion. This is the right way to improve and extend the sense of belonging to our supporters and our players during the game.
"He has talent, but he has to put it into the team for the team, not for the single player. Every single player has to know what he has to do. If every player just runs around the pitch, it will be a mess."
Whether Kane can find the net or not, Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa understands the qualities that Conte's sides usually display.
"He's not a new coach," Bielsa started. "He's a recognisable coach in charge of a team with different players. The features of the players are very recognisable.
"He's a genuine representative in his country of managers. He has triumphed in every team he has managed."
Tottenham - Harry Kane
Kane became the fourth player to score a hat-trick for England in consecutive appearances, after Vivian Woodward (1909), Dixie Dean (1927) and Tommy Taylor (1957). However, he has just one Premier League goal to his name this term.
Leeds United - Rodrigo Moreno
Rodrigo Moreno has scored in two of his three appearances against Spurs in all competitions - he netted for Benfica in a 3-1 win in the UEFA Europa League at White Hart Lane in March 2014 and scored for Leeds in their 3-1 home win in May last season.
·Only Norwich (5) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Tottenham this season (9). Spurs have failed to score in each of their last three league games, last going four without a goal in August/September 2006 under Martin Jol.
·Tottenham haven't had a shot on target in either of their last two Premier League games, with their last such attempt coming in the 44th minute of their defeat at West Ham. Since Opta has detailed shot data (2003-04), no side has ever failed to have a shot on target in three consecutive Premier League games.
·Only four clubs (Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, West Ham) scored at least three goals in more different Premier League games than Leeds last season (10). However, the Whites are one of just five sides yet to score more than twice in a Premier League game this term (along with Brighton, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton).
·No team has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box than Leeds this season (5). Three of these have been scored by Raphinha, the most among players in the competition so far this term.
·This will be Antonio Conte's first home league match in charge of Tottenham, and his first ever game against either Leeds or Marcelo Bielsa as a manager. Conte has registered at least one win against all 53 of the previous teams he's faced in his top-flight managerial career in Serie A and the Premier League.
Updated November 20, 2021